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February 3, 2019, 12:00 PM

Questions - Church Response To Sin


These questions relate to the sermon on February 3, 2109, Church Response To Sin.  The primary passages are 1 Corinthians 5 and Matthew 18:15-20.  The sermon is available to listen on this website under the sermons tab.  These questions are for group discusion, but they may also be helpful for personal reflection.  Group members are encouraged to consider the questions before attending group meetings.

1.  What is the funniest thing you ever saw happen in a church service?  How did people respond?

2.  Have you ever been present when a church officially disassociated a church member?  How did it that go, and for what reasons?

3.  The sin that Paul addressed in the first sentences of chapter 5 is incest.  It was clearly prohibited by God's law in Leviticus 18, and is still prohibited by most western cultures today.  How would the church respond to a similar occurance today?

4.  What other sexual sins are prevalent today even among church people?

5.  Re-read Matthew 18:15-20.  How would we actually carry out this practice at LBC?

6.  Circumstances are widely variable.  Where do we draw the lines?  When should we leave the matter private, and when should we address sin publicly?

7.  How do we practice church discipline without becoming hypocritical or hateful?

8.  Is some other person's behavior really any of our business?  Why or why not?

 




January 31, 2019, 9:10 AM

Questions – Healthy Ego


The questions relate to the sermon on January 17, 2019, Healthy Ego. The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 4:1-7.

  1. Talk about a time where you saw the destructive and divisive power of pride.
  2. How does pride effect how we respond to others?
  3. What are some examples of arrogant pride in the Bible?
  4. How does self-pity / hatred connect with pride?
  5. What is the significance of Paul claiming that “I do not even judge myself,” in verse 3?
  6. What qualities/ characteristics does a person with a healthy ego possess?
  7. Why is there a need for transparency of sin in the Church?
  8. What are a few ways you can actively throw off the veil of pride (think about the previous three sermons)?



January 20, 2019, 11:00 AM

Questions - Equality In Christ


These questions relate to the sermon on 20 January 2019, Equality In Christ.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 3 and Galatians 3:26-29.

1.  What is your most embarrassing Jr. High story?

2.  How was the Corinthian church like middle school?

3.  Paul was addressing division in the church.  What are his first two solutions? (Chapters 1 & 2)

4.  The manifested problem was division according to leadership.  What was the underlying cause?

5.  What did Paul say about whose work was most important in Corinth?  (vv. 5-9)

6.  Re-read Galations 3:26-29.  How many ways can we apply this scripture today?  Let us be careful to be faithful to the context the writer was addressing.

7.  If we are not to elevate certain leaders, teachers, programs, or styles, by what standard can we judge our ministry programs?  (you know this one.)

8.  It might be helpful to reflect how important Christian principles are to the founding of the U.S.; i.e., fundamental equality of all people.

 




January 17, 2019, 2:19 PM

Questions - We Need The Spirit


These questions relate to the sermon on Sunday, 13 January 2019, We Need The Spirit.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.

1.  Who are some of the wisest people you have known personally?  What contributed to their wisdom?

2.  Remember that this letter was written to address problems in the Corinthian church.  What is the first problem Paul addressed?

3.  How does wisdom or lack of wisdom relate to this problem?

4.  This bit of scripture says that the lack of God's wisdom caused rulers of the first century A.D. to miss an imporant event.  What is that event?

5.  Paul at first missed the significance of this event as well.  When was he awakened to the truth?  Where in scripture is that story found?

6.  Why is it that in the U.S. we have the greatest technology, medicine, tools, and resources, and yet we have hungry children, cannot easily access medical help, and kill babies by the thousands?

7.  According to this scripture, what is needed to make our modern intelligence more wise?

8.  What two actions were presented in the sermon as help to train ourselves to hear the Holy Spirit?




January 6, 2019, 3:12 PM

Make The Cross Central


The questions relate to the sermon on January 6, 2019, Make The Cross Central.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 1:1-2:5, and the sermon included introductory information for 1 Corinthians.

1. What is your worst church experience?  (If this is too painful or too personal, maybe group discussion is not helpful.)

2.  Why are churches so disfunctional at times?

3.  1 Corinthians addresses several problems among the believers at Corinth.  What kind of problem is addressed in Chapter 1?

4.  What is Paul's first solution to the problem?

5.  Is unity in the church important?  Why or why not?

6.  What can be learned from this chapter to help address skepticism and doubt related to bad church experiences?

7.  Paul mentioned that faith should rest on God's power rather than human wisdom.  How does that happen in a contemporary setting?  Another way to ask is, how do we access God's power?

8.  What from this scripture, sermon, and discussion will help you be more prepared for your own or another person's faith crisis?

 


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